Development of a self-reflective ‘Magic Triangle’ tool

This project aims to develop a self-assessment tool for people suffering from stress and related effects, to support optimal coping strategies and better resilience long-term.  You would be working with researchers from University of York and Teesside University, gaining experience in Human-Computer Interaction, visualisation of data and healthcare technology (mental health).

The team would like to explore ways to adapt the “Magic-Triangle” tool ( for use with people suffering from stress.  The current tool is a prototype self-assessment tool originally developed for maxillofacial surgery patients, but with potential to be used for other areas of healthcare assessment.

In addition, the existing tool currently provides users with a numerical (percentage) summary of their session.  The project will explore creative, meaningful ways for users to engage with and reflect on the results (e.g., through using different visualisations and/or narrative summaries).

Required Skills

We are looking for one student for this project.

Essential Skills:

  • Prior experience of developing design ideas and implementing them
  • Knowledge and experience of Javascript
  • Knowledge and experience of user-centred design processes, which will be necessary to ensure that the resulting tool is able to provide meaningful outputs to users 
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge, or interest in, research on stress
  • Interest in technical management of content and design decisions

How to Apply

For more details on the summer school application process (including eligibility and funding) please go here:  

If you would like to ask any informal questions about the research project, please contact Dr Jo Iacovides 

For questions about the programme, logistics etc, please contact Ella Eyre, DC Labs Administrator, on  


Dr Angelika Sebald – York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA), University of York

Dr Sarah Allen – Psychology Department, Teesside University 

Dr Jo Iacovides – Computer Science, University of York